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Issue 255 — October 31, 2021

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Hey, Chris here with issue #255 of Switch Weekly, with your Halloween Nintendo update.

Thank you for all the kind messages, tweets, and emails following last week's 5th Anniversary issue. Means a lot to hear from you all

Congratulations to James who won a copy of Horace. Thanks to all of those who entered — the game is well worth checking out, so please do consider sticking it on your wish list.

Now, this week's big release was Mario Party Superstars. I picked it up and took it for a spin with some friends last night. I'm not gonna lie, I had a blast revisiting some of the mini game highlights of the series. I imagine your mileage may vary depending on your history with the franchise, but if you can get a group of pals together online this is good stuff regardless. I still kinda find the actual board game modes a total bore though, just gimme the mini game chaos. Oh and yes, I hit some online problems, because of course...  

Talking of online issues...how about that NSO Expansion Pack launch. The N64 and Genesis tier of the service launched earlier this week, and it looks like many folks ran up against some form of issue with it. Be it lag, audio issues, etc. I think playing with friends internationally is a sure fire way to have a bad time — the lag is said to make things pretty unenjoyable. On the whole the overall quality of the emulation has also been criticised. For what it's worth I found it to be perfectly playable, but I've only played briefly, online, with friends based here in the UK. Have you tried it? If so, let me know how you found it

If you missed it last week, I've a new Nintendo-themed crossword puzzle for you to solve. If you've already played it, hit reply and let me know how you liked it.

Anyway, next week we've got around 30 games coming to the Switch. Usually I find one or two amongst that list that intrique me — however this week a ton seem worth checking out further. I've marked the ones that piqued my interest with a ⭐️, click through and I think you'll agree there is some pretty unique stuff landing on the store this coming week.

Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing — Mario Party Superstars, Mario Kart 64, Metroid Dread

REVIEW ‘Mario Party Superstars’ is a return to form, save for one baffling, painful feature — The pain point alluded to in the headline here is having to spin the stick too much; other than that this entry  "oozes with nostalgic charm" and ultimately "refocuses on what fans loved about the series in the first place and nails its most important mode, Party Mode". Here's another review from James Daly at Gaming Bible.

Jhaan Elker // The Washington Post

▶ What the critics think of Mario Party Superstars — I take a quick look at the critical consensus of the new Mario Party game, bringing together some choice quotes from a handful of reviews. BTW, I got a new laptop this week, and as such seemingly botched the colour grading on this video. 😬 — Anyway, be sure to sub so you can see all my future mistakes. 😅

Switch Weekly // YouTube

Nintendo draws attention (and ire) to its weak online offering— "A ham-fisted attempt to entice customers to a higher-priced subscription with poorly emulated retro games reveals just how weak Nintendo's service pillar still is".

Rob Fahey // gamesindustry

▶ Unboxing the Nintendo 64 Controller for Nintendo Switch — Another quick video from me, giving you a quick look at the new N64 controller for Switch. Vooks has a side-by-side comparison post up too that looks at both the new and old. 

Switch Weekly // YouTube

REVIEW Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version — Simply put: "A terrible way to play a very good game". Apparently this Switch cloud version "renders pretty much any praise we could lavish upon it entirely inconsequential as it serves up a truly messy, laggy and unreliable experience".

PJ O'Reilly // Nintendo Life

PREVIEW Shin Megami Tensei 5: An old school JRPG with a modern twist — This is out in a few weeks, and Jade claims it has "the potential to be one of the year’s strongest RPGs, and with its Nintendo Switch exclusivity, it could also attract a large enough audience to bring this niche slice of brilliance into the limelight. Persona is wonderful, but SMT depicts the end of the world and the plight of being a young person in a society actively working against you in a way that is bleak, honest, and depressingly enthralling".

Jade King // The Gamer

REVIEW Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars— "represents a great entry point for RPG newcomers that employs a compelling and unique aesthetic".

Jordan Rudek // Nintendo World Report

REVIEW Dungeon Encounters — This RPG is described as "a masterstroke of game design, character and narrative – it’s storytelling in the way only games can be"

Roland Ingram // Nintendo Life

REVIEW 'Unsighted' is the best Metroidvania of the year 

Renata Price // Kotaku

Analysis: Why these N64 games will likely never come to Switch Online — Yes, GoldenEye 007 is on the list, however this interesting little tidbit offered a little ray of light on that front earlier this week.

Chris Scullion // VGC

Bonfire Peaks explores complex emotions through puzzle design — "Playing games like Bonfire Peaks can help players work through tough chapters in their lives, but the act of creating the game's mechanics and puzzles can be equally as cathartic for its developers".

Joel Couture // Game Developer

Reviewed: Every Lovecraftian Switch game, ever — It's Halloween, so I couldn't pass up sharing this massive bit of work reviewing over a dozen eldritch Switch experiences

Jay Rooney // Level Up Media

I hope Nintendo never remakes Super Metroid

Ben Lamoreux // Nintendo Enthusiast

Okay seriously, why are these Wii U games not on Switch yet?

Brett Medlock // Nintendo Enthusiast


🎮 Upcoming Releases

All releases are digital, Europe & U.S. unless otherwise stated. 
Release data sourced in collaboration with Switch Scores.
⭐️ = Ones to Watch | 📦 = Physical release | 🎮 = Demo available

Monday, November 1

  • QB Planets — Family-friendly space adventure in which you solve 'cubic puzzles'.

Tuesday, November 2

  • Galaxy Shooter — Space themed bullet hell shoot 'em up.
  • ⭐️ The Legend of Tianding — Sidescrolling action game set in early 20th century Taiwan.
  • ⭐️ Unpacking — Zen puzzle game about unpacking boxes and belongings.
  • ⭐️📦 World War Z — Popular third-person zombie shooter. M for Mature.

Wednesday, November 3

Thursday, November 4

Friday, November 5

Saturday, November 6

  • .Dog — Basic platformer.

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